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Apr 28, 2021 Harold Jantz, ed.
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Leaders Who Shaped Us collects the stories of 25 people who played a role in creating the community of Christian believers known as the Mennonite Brethren in Canada. During the tumultuous years from 1910 to 2010, they led, sometimes cajoled, often inspired, at times sharply reproved, the church they were an intimate part of and loved. Their stories are worth reading.
Topics: Mennonites, Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, Mennonite Brethren, Biography,...
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Apr 26, 2021 Jacob P. Bekker
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Jacob P. Bekker (1828-1908) was one of the principal leaders of the Mennonite Brethren Church that emerged after first beginning to meet in 1857. Becker, a member of the Rudnerweide Mennonite church in the Molotschna settlement in Ukraine, had taken part in revivalist meetings in 1854 and “converted” to the “brethren” renewal movement. On January 6, 1860, the renewal group formally seceded from the Mennonite Church to form their own Mennonite Church, the Mennonite Brethren Church....
Topics: Mennonite, Mennonite Brethren, Church history
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Apr 14, 2021 P.M. Friesen
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This is a translation of Part 2 of P.M. Friesen’s 1911 German publication, an account of Mennonite immigration, cultural assimilation, and spiritual development in the United States and Canada. It consists of a diverse collection of documentation and data, taken from published and unpublished sources, including both anecdotal and formal presentations. Initially conceived as “a specialized study of the Mennonite Brethren Church,” in Friesen’s words, the original volume grew to become a...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Mennonite Church, History
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Feb 17, 2021 Anna Reimer Dyck
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"From respected landowner's daughter to fleeing Russian refugee, Anna Reimer Dyck's life is a gripping story of glory and tragedy, of hope and despair, and of restored hope in a distant land. Her sojourn mirrors the struggle of many Mennonites during the first half of the twentieth century when war, revolution, and famine ravaged their Russian homeland. But Anna was one of the fortunate. She found new life in Canada and shared that new life with those she touched along the way. Anna: From...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Russia, Migration, Canada, Biography
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Feb 17, 2021 David A. Wiebe and Paul D. Wiebe
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Authors (and brothers) Paul and David Wiebe write in the Preface as follows: "In collaboration with our good friend and colleague, Rufus Gurugulla, a leader in the Mennonite Brethren Church of India and a world-class photographer, we have chosen to do our best to capture both in spirit and in truth the colorful presence of the Mennonites and their churches within the background setting in Andrha Pradesh . . . that is, to capture in pictures at least some of the reflections of how the 'love...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Christian mission, India, Congregational life, Church history
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Dec 7, 2020 Sarah Klassen, editor
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Told from diverse points of view and with a variety of voices, the story of Lithuania Christian College's first decade is an account of how a seemingly impossible vision became reality. This "miracle" required, besides vision, a wide range of skills such as negotiating with government officials, construction and renovation of buildings, teaching, administering programs and more. People from various professional, academic and church backgrounds, many of them volunteers, were drawn into...
Topics: College education, Liberal arts colleges, Christian colleges, Mennonites, Christian mission
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Sep 18, 2020 Helmut T. Huebert
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Unlike most other Mennonite regions in the the 19th century, there were no specific colonies in Crimea, but there were certainly many interesting people and a number of institutions in both the villages and the estates. This book is the story of those people and the institutions they created. As such, Crimea represents a microcosm of Mennonite history. ~from the Introduction
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Crimea, Congregational life, Schools, Biography
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Mennonite Brethren Mission History in Japan: hokubei MB ni yoru nihon senkyou—sono rekishi to hyouka , authored by Robert Enns, Ph.D., and Robert Lee, Ph.D., is an adapted and translated version of Robert Enns’s Christian Mission and Earthen Vessels: Mennonite Brethren Missions in Japan: The Early Years . Part One provides a brief history of Christian mission. Part Two presents summaries of some of the major developments in the early history of the MB mission in Japan. The Japanese version...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Christian mission, Japan, Congregational life, Christian theology,...
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Christian Gospel and Earthen Vessels: Mennonite Brethren Missions in Japan: The Early Years was prepared for translation and publication in Japanese as part of the 70th Anniversary of the Japan Mennonite Brethren (MB) Conference. Part One provides a brief overview of the history of Christian mission efforts. Part Two presents summaries of some of the major developments in the early years of the MB mission in Japan: the joint MCC/MB Osaka Service Center; adoption of mission strategies; the...
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From Reformation times until the end of World War II--a full four centuries--the Vistula River basin provided a homeland for numerous Mennonite communities. The large majority of these people had their roots in the Low Countries; they had come to seek religious freedom and economic opportunity in the lands along the Vistula. This brief introduction is designed to suggest some of the remarkable legacies left from four centuries of Mennonite settlement. ~from the Foreword
Topics: Mennonites, History, Church history
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Jun 19, 2020 Paul D. Wiebe and David A. Wiebe
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In Another Day of the Lord is primarily a book of pictures of the mission phase (1899 through the early 1970s) in the emergence of the India MB church. We have put it together for our own enjoyment (we were both born and grew up in India and have returned most happily many times in various responsibilities) and in recognizing how well pictures--relatively "formal" though they commonly were in those earlier days--can complement nicely the understandings possible through historical,...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Christian mission, India, Congregational life, Christian theology,...
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Jun 12, 2020 Harold Ens
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In 2006, Harold Ens completed over 35 years of service with Mennonite Brethren missions. His work began as a Christian Service worker in Columbia in 1966. For 12 of those years (1992–2004), he served as General Director of Mennonite Brethren Mission and Service International (MBMSI). This book gives detailed and valuable information and perspective on the 40-year period that it covers. It reviews Harold and Helen's own involvement in missions, describes the various structural changes to MB...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Christian mission, Congregational life, Christian theology, Church...
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Feb 13, 2020 Gail McConnell
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This is the story of the Warman and District Concerned Citizens Group, a rural Saskatchewan "David" that faced off with the "giant" and won. In the summer of 1976, farm people from the mostly Mennonite town 18 kilometers north of Saskatoon became aware that a provincial crown corporation was trying to buy land in the area with the intent of building a uranium refinery for Eldorado Nuclear Ltd. Usually industry has its way in rural areas, riding roughshod over the wishes of...
Topics: Mennonites, Nuclear refineries, Saskatchewan, Mining industry, Concerned citizens groups,...
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Feb 4, 2020 Doug Heidebrecht and Valerie G. Rempel, eds.
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For more than fifty years, Katie Funk Wiebe has given voice to her thoughts while sitting alone at her typewriter. She has been particularly adept at opening up her life to others and "wrapping words" around her questions. In doing so, she invites her readers not only to listen but to recognize themselves in her stories. This collection of essays provides a thoughtful reflection on the significance of Katie's writing and her contribution to the life of the church. ~from the back cover
Topics: Mennonite women, Mennonite Brethren, Biographies, Criticism and interpretation, Feminism,...
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Jan 31, 2020 Abe J. Dueck, Bruce L. Guenther, and Doug Heidebrecht, eds.
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The 150th anniversary of the Mennonite Brethren Church provides an opportunity to reflect critically about the journey they have travelled as well as the path they are on now. Since their beginning on January 6, 1860, the recurring themes of identity and mission emerge in their attempts to articulate the centre that holds Mennonite Brethren together. This collection of papers facilitates reflection and prompts further conversation about the issues facing Mennonite Brethren as they seek to be...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Christian mission, Congregational life, Christian theology, Church...
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The story of the Mennonite Brethren (MB) Church in India ties in with the great stories of the church around the world and Indian civilization. It begins with German-speaking MB missionaries traveling to India either directly from Russia or, following the immigration to North America of many MBs, from North America. This is a story that teaches about "missionizing" and the consequences of "missionizing." The MB Church in India is centered just to the south of Hyderabad in...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, India, Christian mission, Church history
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Jan 28, 2020 Abe J. Dueck, ed.
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La Iglesia Hermanos Menonitas nació en medio de disturbios religiosos y sociales a mediados del siglo XIX en Rusia. En poco tiempo se expandió hacia América del Norte, y poco después hacia la India y varios otros países, hasta Ilegar a ser en la actualidad parte de la gran familia Anabaptista / Menonita mundial. Este volumen narra la historia de una comunidad que tiene fuertes conexiones en la fe, aunque se ha vuelto cultural y étnicamente muy diversa.
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, History, Theology, Congregational life
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Jan 27, 2020 Abe J. Dueck, ed.
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Die Mennoniten-Brüder-Kirche wurde in der Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts in Russland inmitten religiöser und sozialer Unruhen geboren. Es hat sich bald in Nordamerika, dann in Indien und bald in verschiedenen anderen Ländern etabliert und ist bis heute Teil einer großen globalen mennonitischen Familie. Dieser Band erzählt die Geschichte einer Gemeinschaft, die starke Glaubensbeziehungen hat, obwohl sie kulturell und ethnisch sehr vielfältig geworden ist.
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, History, Theology, Congregational life
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Jan 24, 2020 Abe J. Dueck, ed.
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The Mennonite Brethren Church was born in the midst of religious and social turmoil in mid-19th century Russia. Before long it became established in North America, then in India, and soon in various other countries until today it is part of a large global Anabaptist-Mennonite family. This volume tells the story of a community that has strong faith connections even though it has become culturally and ethnically very diverse. ~from the back cover
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, History, Theology, Congregational life
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Jan 23, 2020 Myron S. Augsburger and Marcia Augsburger Kincanon
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This is the story of Elizabeth Dirks, an Anabaptist martyr who lived and died in the Netherlands in the sixteenth century. Her story is an inspiration to all. Left as a virtual orphan at a convent, trained as a nun, Elizabeth questioned the meaning of life until she found satisfaction and eternal life in a personal relationship with Christ. This brought her into direct conflict with her superiors and her church training. Elizabeth's eagerness to serve Christ eventually led to her martyrdom. ~...
Topics: Biography, Mennonites, Anabaptists, Sixteenth century, Martyrs
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This is David G. Rempel's 1933 Stanford University PhD dissertation where he describes and assesses the Mennonite settlements in New Russia (i.e., Ukraine) with respect to their form of land ownership and local government, their achievements in livestock breeding and grain production, in afforestation, and in various industries. Rempel also indicates the part which these achievements played in the economic development of New Russia prior to 1914.
Topics: Mennonites, Ukraine, Agriculture, Economic development
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Oct 3, 2019 John B. Toews
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This book contains four stories of survival. The storytellers, two women and two men, believed in a loving God who cared about humankind. Thanks to Stalin's reign of terror, they found themselves in many life-threatening circumstances where God appeared not to care. All four persons struggled with doubt, fear, and despair. Like Job of old, they questioned God, and like him, they also affirmed faith. ~from the back cover
Topics: Mennonites, Persecution, Russian Germans, History
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Sep 20, 2019 Paul Toews and Kevin Enns-Rempel, editors
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For Everything a Season marks a transition in the organized life of the Mennonite Brethren denomination. Since 1879, the dominant conference structure of the denomination was the General Conference, the bi-national conference that included churches in both the United States and Canada in a variety of joint programs and in a common peoplehood. After 2002, the bi-national conference came to an end. Its ministries, agencies, institutions, and programs were taken over either jointly or separately...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, History, Theology, Congregational life
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Sep 13, 2019 Evelyn Friesen and Phu Sam
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When the tragedy of the thousands of southeast Asians fleeing Vietnam by boat burst upon the consciousness of the world in the late 1970s, the Canadian government organized a private sponsorship program. Churches and small groups of individuals across the country undertook full responsibility for one year for the well-being of the refugees that they agreed to sponsor. This is the story of one such refugee, Phu Sam, as told to Evelyn Friesen, one of the daughters of the Friesen family that took...
Topics: Biography, Vietnam, Refugee resettlement, Canada, Boat people, Mennonites
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Sep 13, 2019 William Janzen and Frances Greaser
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Sam Martin spent nineteen months in prison during World War II. Why? Because the government would not accept his application for conscientious objector status. Instead of permitting Sam to do alternative service, the authorities sent him to prison. In a broader context, this book speaks to the issue of conscientious objection and its effect on people. This story is meant to convey the virtues shown by Sam Martin to the readers. But more than that, it is to serve as a reminder that conscientious...
Topics: Biography, Canadian Prisoners and prisons, Conscientious objectors, Second World War, Mennonites
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Jul 10, 2019 Helmut T. Huebert
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This book is an index of Mennonite estates in Imperial Russia from 1813 to about 1920. It does not explain all the intricacies of the development of each estate. Furthermore, it is a study of something which has disappeared almost a century ago. Some have decrepit buildings remaining, but of many estates there is now nothing left except open fields. When the first Mennonite settlers migrated from Prussia to southern Russia in 1789, they were restricted from purchasing land outside the land...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Genealogy, History, Land tenure, Agriculture, Estates
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My specific interest in writing Events and People was piqued by reading the account of the dedication of the Mennonite Brethren church building in Lugovsk, Neu Samara Colony [a Mennonite settlement of dozen or so villages in eastern Russia, near the Ural mountains along the Tok River], an event which occurred in 1901. First of all the scale: there were three thousand guests. That is a lot of people in a little out-of-the-way Mennonite colony somewhere on the broad steppes of Russia! The...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Ukraine, Maps, Biography, History, Genealogy
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Jul 9, 2019 Bertha Klassen
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Going back to the beginning (i.e., Da Capo) can be a beneficial, enriching experience. In the life of the Mennonite Community Orchestra it is good to back to the beginning, rediscover its roots, reflect on the successes and failures of the past and then move on with new determination into the future. With this collection of historical facts, anecdotes, and pictures, Bertha Klassen brings us back, full circle, to the roots of the Mennonite Community Orchestra in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. ~from...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Orchestras, Music, Church music
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Apr 3, 2019 Helmut T. Huebert
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This atlas is produced to commemorate the bicentenary of the founding of the Molotschna Colony in South Russia in 1804. Roughly 60 settlements were established along the Molochnaya River and its tributaries, the Juschanlee, the Kuruschan, and the Tomak. This volume is a multidimensional presentation of a development that is a remarkable feat of colonization whether viewed in its Russian context, or in any other country in the world. It honours those whose blood, sweat, and tears initially...
Topics: Mennonites, Registers, Maps, Biography, History, Genealogy
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Mar 26, 2019 Helmut T. Huebert
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When the Mennonites first migrated from Prussia to South Russia in 1789 to form the Chortitza Colony, then again in 1804 to establish the Molotschna Colony, they moved onto the land. They were not all originally farmers in Prussia, and for that matter, they were not all good farmers in Russia, but forming closed, farm villages seemed most likely to allow them to control their own destiny in the new home land.... Mennonites were eventually found in most cities of Imperial Russia--in some...
Topics: Mennonites, Registers, Biography, History, Genealogy
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Mar 26, 2019 Helmut T. Huebert
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When the Mennonites first migrated from Prussia to South Russia in 1789 to form the Chortitza Colony, then again in 1804 to establish the Molotschna Colony, they moved onto the land. They were not all originally farmers in Prussia, and for that matter, they were not all good farmers in Russia, but forming closed, farm villages seemed most likely to allow them to control their own destiny in the new home land.... Mennonites were eventually found in most cities of Imperial Russia--in some...
Topics: Mennonites, Registers, Biography, History, Genealogy
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Mar 13, 2019 Helmut T. Huebert
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Joseph Stalin (1878-1953) was a Georgian revolutionary and Soviet politician. His administration is etched on the pages of history as an example of the unimaginable lengths that political ideology will go to suppress and destroy huge segments of a population in a quest to secure power and quash resistance. For a long time, there seemed to be no measures and resources left in the land to put on brakes, and call for an end to the outright killing of many millions of Russians, including...
Topics: Soviet ideology, Mennonites, state-sponsored oppression, religious minorities
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Nov 30, 2018 The Mennonite Brethren Herald
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This special edition of the Mennonite Brethren Herald contains the stories and photographs of the congregations making up the Mennonite Brethren Church in Canada in 1988, one hundred years after the first church was established. According to editor Herb Kopp, "The large majority of MB churches were born under very fragile and frequently insecure settings. Many congregations have struggled long and hard to be self-sufficient and self-sustaining. Each story is a commentary on the grace of...
Topics: Mennonite, Mennonite Brethren, Congregations, Canada
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Nov 9, 2018 Walter Wiebe, ed.
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The Mennonite Brethren Church had its beginning on January 6, 1860. By the grace of God this church has been permitted to witness for one century... It is our prayer that this book may help us to see the history and present workings of our Conference of churches, so that we may realize more fully the grace of God that has operated in our midst and that, as a result of this renewed vision, we may be better witnesses in the century ahead. ~Dan Friesen (from the Preface)
Topics: Mennonite, Mennoite Brethren, church history, Russia, United States, Canada
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Nov 8, 2018 Martin Durksen
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The book Die Krim war unsere Heimat [Crimea was our home] by Martin Durksen is a valuable contribution in the effort to preserve the history of the Mennonite settlement in the south of Russia from being forgotten. This story teaches us to cherish the past and it inspires us for the future [translation from the back cover; see German text below]. Das Buch Die Krim war unsere Heimat von Martin Durksen ist ein wertvoller Beitrag in dem Bestreben, die Gieschichte der mennonitischen Siedlung im...
Topics: Mennonite, Mennonite Brethren, Crimea, South Russia, Paraguay, Brazil, village life
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Oct 5, 2018 Helmut T. Huebert
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This book, written with the general reader in mind, provides an interesting and valuable microscopic view of a small nineteenth-century Mennonite village that becomes representative of all the Mennonite colonies and life on the South Russian steppes. Through the many details and individual personalities in one village, the reader gains significant insights into the larger Russian Mennonite world. The story of Hiershau is unique in another way. The village, as its name implies ("Look...
Topics: Mennonite, Mennonite Brethren, Ukraine, South Russia, village life
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Jul 4, 2018 Comunidad Internacional de los Hermanos Menonitas
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Desde sus inicios como movimiento de renovación en Rusia en 1860, la Iglesia Menonita ha crecido hasta convertirse en una comunidad de iglesias que se expanden alrededor del globo. Este crecimiento ha traído a la iglesia una riqueza de gentes y cultures que refleja la diversidad de la familia de Dios. Menno Simons, el líder holandés del siglo XVI, era conocido por repetir: "Porque nadie puede poner otro fundamento que el que está puesto, el cual es Jesucristo" (1Co 3:11). Esta...
Topics: Hermanos Menonitas, Mennonite Brethren, Mennonite, Mission, Christian faith
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Jul 20, 2017 Henry J. Wiens
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This photo survey book of Mennonite Brethren Churches in the United States and Canada was produced by Henry J. Wiens, Field Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the General Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church of North America and Solicitor for the Conference Mission and Educational Endowment Fund, 1947-1952. As part of his fundraising mandate, Wiens visited and photographed every Mennonite Brethren church in the United States (53 in number) and in Canada (80 in number) over a span of...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Church buildings
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Jul 19, 2017 David Ewert
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This is a collection of studies written by Prof. David Ewert on the New Testament letter called I Corinthians. They were first published in the Mennonite Brethren Herald — beginning October 10, 1980, and ending January 14, 1983 — and appear in this book with only minor corrections. In I Corinthians, the Apostle Paul responds to first-century challenges put to him and his missionary team by the Christian community in Corinth trying to live authentically within a pagan society, challenges...
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Jul 19, 2017 Gerhard W. Peters
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This book is an account of the origin and growth of the foreign mission work of the Mennonite Brethren Church until 1947. It was commissioned by the Board of Foreign Missions of the Mennonite Brethren Church of North America. The book began as a doctoral dissertation written by Dr. Gerhard W. Peters, which he revised--at the request of the Board of Foreign Missions--to include two additional features in order to make the book more useful as a training manual for churches and schools. The two...
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The transition from being a severely persecuted religious minority in the Reformation era to becoming a privileged ethnic minority in the 19th-century Russian empire makes the Dutch-Polish-Russian Mennonite story a very intriguing one. Yet the privileges granted these Mennonites by Russia in 1800─permanent exemption from military service, freedom of religion, self-government, and control of their own schools─came under attack by imperial authorities with the government's decision to...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, History, Russian revolution, First World War, Church and state
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Jul 6, 2017 Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba
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Looking Back In Faith is a collection of photos and writing that highlights the growth and development of the congregations that make up the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba. Published in 1988, this book marks the centennial of the church's first congregation in Canada, established at Burwalde (near Winkler), Manitoba, in 1888.
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Jun 30, 2017 Jon Bonk
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This addition to peace literature is designed to go back to first principles--the biblical record--to establish a theology and rationale for the role of the Christian peacemaker in the world. The nine chapters in the book, together with the study guide that follows (written by Stan Plett), treat a wide variety of topics including: Old and New Testament teachings on violence, Christian teachings on church/state relations, individual Christians and the state, power and weakness in the New...
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Mar 10, 2017 Phyllis J. Martens
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Phyllis J. Martens tells the story Mennonite Brethren (MB) Christian mission efforts from 1889 through to 1971. The first MB missionaries were nominated and supported by their conference of churches in Russia to go to India in 1889 and begin establishing churches, schools, print-shops, and hospitals. This was common Christian missionary practice in the 19th and 20th centuries. MB mission efforts spread also to China, Congo, Japan, Germany, Austria, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Columbia, Panama,...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Christian mission, Church history, Institutional history
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The Great Wall of China, winding 1,500 miles over mountain and plain, and from 15 to 50 feet high and 15 to 25 feet wide, is a reminder of the country's long struggle to keep out invaders from the North. For centuries it served as a boundary line between China and Mongolia. To reach the Krimmer Mennonite Brethren mission field in Inner Mongolia, missionaries had to cross the Great Wall. On the other side, shadowed by this barrier, they began the task of "breaking down walls" to the...
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Mar 2, 2017 Leo Driedger
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For centuries Amsterdam was the largest Mennonite urban center, but in recent years, Winnipeg, with over 19,000 Mennonites [in 1990], has gained recognition as one of the largest Mennonite centers in the world. What has brought this about? In this short volume, sociologist Leo Driedger introduces readers to Winnipeg Mennonites. When did they arrive? From where did they come? Where did they settle? How do they live today? What impact have they had on the larger community?
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Anabaptism, Denominational history, Instituional history, Canadian...
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Feb 2, 2017 Lynn Jost and Connie Faber
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In this book, Lynn Jost and Connie Faber introduce readers to the Mennonite Brethren family, a family of Christian churches with roots in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. According to Jost and Faber, "Getting to know a family well involves the discovery of its particular and current traits, and it also involves studying its background. The first task identifies those characteristics and views that we might call the family's particular 'ethos,' and identifies its passion and resources....
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Jan 27, 2017 Anna Hiebert Esau
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In 1936, the Southern District of the Mennonite Brethren Conference of Churches in North America met for convention in Fairview, Oklahoma, and made a significant decision. The seventeen churches of the district at the time decided to step out in faith and begin a Christian mission to the Mexican Americans living in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. From this initial venture the Latin American Mennonite Brethren (LAMB) Conference emerged. Anna and her husband, Henry T. Easu, spent many years...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Christian mission, Missionaries, South Texas
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Dec 9, 2016 Anna Wilma (Hiebert) Esau
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This book is the fruit of Anna Esau's ten years of research--gathering pictures and interviewing missionaries--in order to relate the personal experiences of missionaries in their daily life on the "mission field" for readers in the U.S. and Canada. The book is written in a popular style and contains many insights into the American Mennonite Brethren mission fields, both foreign mission fields and home or city mission fields. It was designed for home study purposes as well as for...
Topics: Christian mission, Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Missionaries, Institutional history
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Dec 7, 2016 Hans Kasdorf
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This book is the story of Prof. Hans Kasdorf's life, told in his own words. According to his friend, Prof. Elmer Martens, it is more than an autobiography; it is a generational marker. Martens continues: "The reader is immersed in cultures--Russia, Brazil, and North America. Insights from this educator and missiologist, along with pithy quotations, punctuate the volume. Anecdotes of God's providence and grace inspire. Here is engagement with a leader of spiritual stature whose faith and...
Topics: Chirstian mission, Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Missionaries, Biography
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Nov 25, 2016 David Ewert
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This book is a collection of newspaper columns written between 1992 and 2000 by Professor David Ewert for the German-language publication, Die Mennonitische Rundschau , answering readers' questions on biblical interpretation. From these monthly columns, he selected 77 related to the New Testament for this publication and translated them into English. Ewert was a regular contributor to the newspaper until it was discontinued in January 2007.
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Biblical interpretation
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Nov 21, 2016 Abram J. Klassen, ed.
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The essays collected in this book focus on the biblical foundations of Christian mission, the recovery of that mission in the history of one particular denominational group, the Mennonite Brethren Church, and some of the challenges faced by members of that same denomination during the middle of the twentieth century. They are presented in recognition of the contribution that J.B. Toews made in the work of the Mennonite Brethren Church as an educator, pastor, and mission administrator.
Topics: Christian mission, History, Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Missionaries
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Nov 17, 2016 Orlando Harms
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This book is a biography of pioneer publisher John F. Harms (1855-1945). Through his story one gets a good view of the first 75 years or so of the development of the Mennonite Brethren (MB) Church in North America. Harms was in the vanguard of movements such as missions, education, evangelism, relief work, and church ministry in the MB church, a denomination that established itself on this side of the Atlantic in the 1870s. But Harms is remembered best for his work in MB publications. He was a...
Topics: Biography, Mennonite Brethren, Mennonites, Publishing, Institutional history, Church history
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Nov 16, 2016 David Ewert
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This book consists of the biographies of eight leaders in the Mennonite Brethren Church of the 20th century. They were Bible teachers, ministers, and missionaries whose lives intersected with the life of the author at various points. David Ewert tells their stories because he is convinced that they have left a rich spiritual legacy that can inspire and enrich the lives of the present generation. The stories are not only stories of the particular individuals, however. Interlaced are important...
Topics: History, Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Biography, Mennonite Brethren Bible College
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Nov 2, 2016 John B. Toews
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In this biography of Benjamin B. Janz (1877-1964), historian John B. Toews places Janz's life in historical perspective, including his formative years and his weighty leadership roles in both Ukraine and Canada. The contribution of B.B. Janz to Mennonites by giving them leadership in their resettlement from Russia to Canada in the 1920s was significant. His spiritual leadership within the Mennonite Brethren Church was also bold and legendary. Toews has sifted through Janz's extensive...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Russian Mennonites, Russian Revolution, Instituional history,...
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Nov 1, 2016 Delores Friesen, ed.
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This book is a collection of 34 sermons and 7 excerpts from women. Most of these sermons were given in churches, primarily to Mennonite Brethren audiences. The preachers and writers have used the Scriptures and their life experiences to share their joy, pain, grief, commitment, insight, and vision. As Anabaptist-Mennonite Christians have testified for centuries, the sermons and devotionals in this book also give witness to a Christian faith that is strong, vibrant, and compelling. The voices of...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Anabaptism, Biblical interpretation, Sermons, Women, Devotional...
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Oct 30, 2016 John E. Toews and Gordon Nickel, eds.
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This book is a response to the request for more teaching on the historic peace church witness. It was commissioned in 1981 by the Board of Christian Literature of the General Conference of Mennonite Brethren (MB) Churches. The pressing concern at the time was the shape of the Mennonite peace witness in a post-Vietnam and post-draft era in the United States. At the 1980 church convention of American MBs in Minneapolis, there were some who wondered if it was time to relax the MB commitment to the...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Anabaptism, Biblical interpretation, Peace witness, Historic Peace...
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Oct 26, 2016 Abe J. Dueck, Herbert J. Giesbrecht, V. George Shillington, eds.
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The essays in this commemorative volume are arranged in two parts, in keeping with the two-fold interest and commitment of Professor David Ewert, the man in whose honour they were published in 1988. The first part of the book addresses the interpretation of the text of Scripture, and the second to issues pertaining to church life and Christian ministry. These divisions are, of course, not absolute and a few of the essays might well have been included in the other category. Perhaps this exigency...
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Oct 26, 2016 Cornelius F. Plett
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This book tells the story of the Krimmer Mennonite Brethren (KMB) Church, from its beginnings in 1869 through to its merger with the Mennonite Brethren in 1960. During its 90 years of life, this church had a remarkable history. Like other 19th-century revivalist movements that touched numerous Protestant denominations, the KMB emphasized a personal experiential spirituality tied to rigorous Christian discipleship and to mission and evangelism. The KMB movement began in 1869 among the...
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Oct 25, 2016 Byron Burkholder, ed.
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This is a book of stories about Christians in eleven countries where North American Mennonite Brethren have served as missionaries through to the 1980s. Over time, the churches in these countries have come into their own. Their members have experienced the transforming gospel that cuts across the economic, social, and cultural barriers that divide the world. They Saw His Glory is a 1984 project designed to give North Americans an opportunity to become acquainted with these sisters and brothers,...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Christian mission, Church history, India, Zaire, Paraguay,...
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Oct 21, 2016 John A. Toews
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The untimely passing of John A. Toews in January 1979 was a profound loss to many people both inside and outside the Mennonite Brethren Church. This book of selected essays circles two themes about which Toews was particularly concerned: 1) Mennonite Brethren history and identity, and 2) the question of nonresistance. Toews was well-educated and spent most of his life in academic institutions, but he always viewed his task primarily in relation to the church rather than in relation to the...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Anabaptism, Christian mission, Church history, Nonresistance,...
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Oct 17, 2016 George W. Peters
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This book traces 120 years of missionary outreach activity (1860-1980) by a relativity small slice of the Christian Church, the Mennonite Brethren and the Krimmer Mennonite Brethren--two church denominations that merged in 1960. The focus of well-known missions professor Dr. G.W. Peters' survey is the foundation, the beginnings, of Mennonite Brethren missionary activity, first in Russia, and then primarily as a sending agency in North America. Topics discussed include: the development of...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Christian mission, Krimmer Mennonite Brethren, Church history
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Oct 14, 2016 J.B. Toews
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This book traces the major events in the history of Mennonite Brethren mission work in the African country of Zaire (now called Democratic Republic of Congo). Mennonite Brethren immigrants to North America from Russia brought with them a vision for Christian mission outreach, something that characterized the Mennonite renewal movement from its birth in 1860. The story of North American MB missionary work in Zaire is only a small part of the broad sweep of the 20th-century mission movement. This...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Christian mission, Church history, Africa, Zaire, Democratic...
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Oct 12, 2016 Jacob J. Toews
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This book traces the major events in the history of Mennonite Brethren mission work in Latin America. Mennonite Brethren immigrants to North America from Russia brought with them a vision for Christian mission outreach, something that characterized the Mennonite renewal movement from its birth in 1860. The story of North American MB missionary work in Latin America is only a small part of the broad sweep of the 20th-century mission movement. The methods used and the polices made reflect the...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Christian mission, Church history, Latin America, South America
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Oct 11, 2016 John Aron Toews
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This book describes Alternative Service, a service which developed as a new phenomenon in Canadian history during World War II. It was a form of national service that the Canadian Government required of conscientious objectors in lieu of military training or service. In developing this form of service, the Government took into consideration the recommendations of the Historic Peace Churches (e.g, Mennonites, Quakers, Hutterites, Doukhobors). The provision of such a service during wartime is one...
Topics: Conscientious objectors, World War, 1939-1945, Historic peace churches, Canadian military history,...
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Oct 6, 2016 John H. Redekop
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This book represents the findings of a 1985 research project undertaken by Dr. John H. Redekop, commissioned by the Board of Spiritual and Social Concerns of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches to study the issue of ethnicity and Mennonite Brethren. The first part of the book summarizes the responses to a national survey administered by Redekop. He then concludes with a three-fold proposal, calling on Mennonite Brethren: 1) to adopt a more welcoming attitude toward non-ethnic...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Ethnicity, Social science research
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This book of essays, published in 1995, describes the idealism that shaped Fresno Pacific College during its first fifty years, particularly during its liberal arts phase since 1960. "Amidst the growth and even fragmentation that accompanies most stories of institutional development is the attempt to maintain a synoptic vision. The tension in maintaining a distinctive core while serving ever more publics is not uncommon to Christian colleges. This quest for the distinctive and appropriate...
Topics: Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Christian colleges, Institutional history
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Oct 3, 2016 Viola Bergthold Wiebe and Marilyn Wiebe Dodge
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Sepia Prints is a glimpse at the last days of the British Raj in India and the first days of Independence through the eyes of a missionary who lived and worked among the Telugus of South Central India during this period. The materials used are primarily from personal reflections and experiences. The illustrations were drawn by family members or taken from family albums. ~ from the Acknowledgements
Topics: Biography, Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Missionaries, Christian mission
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Sep 29, 2016 James R. Coggins and Paul G. Hiebert, eds.
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This book is an examination of the challenges John Wimber and his Vineyard movement have posed to mainline, Anabaptist, and evangelical churches in general and, in particular, to the Mennonite Brethren Church. It is the intent of the writers of this book not to concern themselves primarily with minor questions of whether John Wimber is right or wrong. Rather, this book concentrates on the ideas raised by Wimber. There are things to be learned from him. The need for the church's revival and...
Topics: Pentacostalism, Charismatic renewal, Mennonite, Mennonite Brethren, Evangelicalism, Christian...
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This book describes how Canadian, and then particularly Manitoba, Mennonite Brethren went through a painful process of exchanging German for English as their primary language of religious discourse and nurture. This language transition was complicated by the nature of Mennonite identity, grounded as it is in religion as well as ethnicity. The profound interconnection of religion, language, and identity invested the course of language transition with deeply felt passion and anxiety. In the end,...
Topics: Mennonite Brethren, Mennonite, Christian theology, Christian mission, Ethnicity, Sociology,...
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Sep 22, 2016 Peter Penner
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This book is an account of the Mennonite Brethren Mission effort in India, an initiative that must be understood within the context of the larger Protestant effort to bring the Christian gospel to people groups in all parts of the world. The book traces the difficulties that many missionaries faced in seeking to establish a Christian church among the Telugu speaking people. In varying degrees, the mission took on the colonial patterns of their British counterparts. In the eyes of the national...
Topics: Christian mission, History, Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Missionaries, Biography
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Sep 21, 2016 David Ewert
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This volume brings together a number of study papers that Professor David Ewert (1922–2010) presented during his long teaching and preaching ministry with the Mennonite Brethren Church. They represent a kind of history of Mennonite Brethren thought from the middle to the end of the twentieth century. The papers that appear in this volume were written in response to requests from denominational leaders and boards. Most of them were discussed at conventions and open forums.
Topics: Mennonite Brethren, Mennonite, Christian theology
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Jul 25, 2016 Abram J. Friesen (1907-2001)
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This is the autobiography of Abram J. Friesen (1907-2001), narrating his life's story: childhood in a Mennonite settlement near Omsk in Siberia (central Russia), immigration to Canada in 1926, training for a career in shoe repair/sales, marriage to Katie Martens (1910-1991) and family life, commitment of Christian ministry and mission, including Abram's two years of school teaching at Poplar River Indian Day School (1944-1946) under the direction of the United Church of Canada while he...
Topics: Mennonite Brethren, Mennonite, Christian mission, Alternative Service, Conscientious Objector,...
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Mar 8, 2016 J.B. Toews
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At Mennonite Brethren conferences, J.B. Toews had a knack for being the last person to speak on an issue. Some of us wondered: was it exquisite timing that gave him the final word at the microphone? Or was it just that after he had spoken there was nothing left to say? This book may be JB's "last word" to his beloved church. In the first instance it is a personal testimony, a memoir of his life. But it is more than that. It is a particular kind of life, a life lived as a Mennonite...
Topics: Mennonite Brethren, Mennonite, Anabaptist, Biography
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Mar 7, 2016 David Ewert
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David Ewert (1922-2010) was a highly respected Bible teacher, preacher, and scholar among the Mennonite Brethren during the second half of the 20th century. His voice spoke into a remarkable number of the theological issues facing the Mennonite Brethren of his era. As a full-time teacher at various times in at least five Mennonite Brethren educational institutions in North America, he shaped the theological views of literally thousands of students, many of whom became pastors, missionaries, and...
Topics: Mennonite Brethren, Mennonite, Anabaptist, Mennonite Brethren Bible College, Bible Teaching,...
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Mar 7, 2016 Elfrieda Toews Nafziger
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John A. Toews symbolized the Anabaptist/Mennonite heritage in the North American Mennonite Brethren Conference for many years. His graduate studies culminated in a PhD dissertation on 16th century Anabaptism. His teaching, although by no means limited to Anabaptist and Mennonite studies, was largely devoted to this area. His major publications, including True Nonresistance Through Christ and A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church , focused on this subject. Many of his committee...
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Mar 4, 2016 David Ewert
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Probably no other person so dominated the Mennonite Brethren consciousness in Canada during the mid-20th century as Rev. Dr. Abraham H. Unruh. He is best known as a master educator and preacher. Professor David Ewert, one of A.H. Unruh's students and colleagues, writes this tribute to the life and contribution of an outstanding Mennonite Brethren minister, teacher, and Bible expositor.
Topics: Mennonite Brethren, Mennonite, Bible teacher, Biography
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Mar 4, 2016 J.A. Froese
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This book is a short biography of an influential Bible teacher, minister, evangelist, and conference leader among the Mennonite Brethren, Rev. Heinrich H. Voth (1851-1918). His ministry spanned three countries: Russia, the United States, and Canada. As a pastor, traveling evangelist, conference moderator, and chair of the board of Christian mission, he left his imprint on both individuals and institutions. Two of his sons were also major figures in the Mennonite Brethren Church: Henry as...
Topics: Mennonite Brethren, Mennonite, Christian Mission, Church Planting, Biography
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Mar 3, 2016 Katie Funk Wiebe
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Have Cart, Will Travel is the story of a remarkable Mennonite missionary, Paulina Foote (1891-1968), working in China during the first half of the 20th century. Her commitment to God and to planting Christian churches in China involved her in three areas during her 19 years of ministry in China: Fukien, Shantung, and Kansu-Shensi provinces. During World War II, caught in the turmoil between the opposing Japanese and Chinese armies, many missionaries were put in detention camps. Paulina escaped...
Topics: Mennonite Brethren, Mennonite, Christian Mission, Church Planting, China
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Nov 18, 2015 Peter Penner
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The Mennonite Brethren have been in Canada for some 100 years. During this time they have built churches across the whole country. How was it done? Who was involved? What are the ramifications of these many years of mission outreach and church planting. These and other questions are the background for No Longer at Arms Length . Penner provides us with a well-woven fabric with picturesque designs that trace the history, not only of churches, but of individuals who spent many years in church...
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Nov 6, 2015 Victor Adrian and Donald Loewen, editors
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At the urging of twenty international delegates at the North American Conference in Reedley, California in 1984, the first Mennonite Brethren World Missions Conference in Curitiba, Brazil was born. An international executive and program committee was appointed to make plans and arrangements for the conference [Victor Adrian (chairman), Kilabi Bululu (Africa), Takao Nakamura (Japan), Jacob August Wall (Brazil), P.B. Arnold (Asia), Franz Rathmair (Austria), Herbert Brandt and Henry H. Dick (North...
Topics: Mennonite Brethren, Mennonites, Christian mission, Church history
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Oct 16, 2015 William Neufeld
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The first Mennonite Brethren Church in Canada was organized in 1888 at Burwalde, Manitoba (near Winkler). Since that time the Mennonite Brethren have planted churches across the entire nation of Canada. From Faith to Faith focuses on the growth of the Mennonite Brethren Church in Manitoba. William Neufeld, after months of research and writing, provides us with a full view of the many facets of the Manitoba Mennonite Brethren.
Topics: Church history, Mennonite Brethren, Manitoba, Mennonites
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Oct 14, 2015 Katie Funk Wiebe
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Glad you asked! This book tells you almost everything you want to know about what it means to be Mennonite Brethren. With thoroughness and plain talk, the author fills you in on a variety of relevant topics pertaining to Mennonite Brethren.
Topics: Mennonite Brethren, Mennonites, Christian mission, Church history
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Oct 2, 2015 Herbert and Maureen Klassen
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This book had to be written. At a time of diminishing respect for basic human values, C.F. Klassen embodied selflessness and integrity of character that should be an inspiration and model for many young people today. In telling the story of CF, the authors are also telling the story of his time and conditions in Russia, the great depression in Canada, the spiritual vitality, or lack of it, in the Mennonite church. CF can only be understood if we understand the world in which he lived and acted....
Topics: Biography, History, Mennonite, Mennonite Brethren, Russia
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Oct 1, 2015 Marvin E. Kroeker
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The hardscrabble western plains of Oklahoma were an unkind place. Barren lands, oppressive heat, unrelenting winds awaited those who would settle there. It was here the Comanche Indians were "placed" by the U.S. government. Into this reservation setting in 1902 stepped a unique couple, Abraham and Magdalena Becker. German-Russian Mennonites with little more than their tenacious, loving spirit to nourish them, the Beckers would become special friends to the Comanches. Stewards of Post...
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Their names are not in the record books, but they were history makers among women because they did for their generation what needed to be done. Sometimes this task was waiting and praying; at other times it was building new homes in strange lands for the sake of freedom of belief. Some women worked as midwives, missionaries, and teachers in addition to home duties. One became a poet, another a supporter of higher education for women. The terror and unrest of war was known to many of them. These...
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Sep 18, 2015 Anna Thiessen
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It was in the mid 1960s that the Mennonite Brethren Church of Canada maneuvered its way through the final stages of the transition from the German to the English language. As early as World War II the transition had already begun, as was evident in the resignation of Dr. Abraham H. Unruh from the Bible College presidency (1946) because of his concern that the College should have a president with greater fluency in English. By now that transition is history. The younger generation attend­ ing...
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Aug 21, 2015 Board of Foreign Missions, Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church of North America
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"The 1951 and 1952 editions of the Missionary Album were printed in quick succession. Because of the great interest shown on the part of our churches and friends of missions, both editions were soon exhausted. Furthermore, several dozen new names must be added to the book, which in itself warrants the publication of a third edition." ~A.E. Janzen (from the Introduction to the 1954 and 1956 editions)
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Aug 21, 2015 Board of Foreign Missions, Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church of North America
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"Repeated requests come into the Foreign Missions Office asking for additional information about our missionaries. Such requests are highly appreciated for they display the sincere interest the people in the home churches have in these ambassadors of our Lord. The information desired about the missionaries is more than casual. Not only their names are asked for, but their location, type of work, their children, their biography, and their pictures. The MISSIONARY ALBUM is designed to meet...
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May 8, 2015 John E. Toews, ed., Valerie G. Rempel, ed., and Katie Funk Wiebe, ed.
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"In the last days," God says, "I will pour out my spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy . . . Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour my spirit in those days and they will prophesy" (Acts 2:17-18). Careful examination of both Old and New Testament texts sheds insight on this very timely and controversial topic. The struggle in the church is in how to understand the Bible correctly in the midst of changes in society and in the context of...
Topics: Theology, Gender studies, Mennonite, Mennonite Brethren, Women's studies
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Apr 24, 2015 Sarah Kaetler
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Janie loved life and was excited about the adventures that every day brought. She enjoyed being with her grandparents, and thrilled at hearing stories about pioneer days. What excitement must have filled the lives of the early settlers! What hardships they endured! If her grand parents could survive the difficulties of their day, then surely she could endure the seeming hardships of her daily experiences. Listen with Janie as Grandpa relates story after story: some sad, some humorous, but all...
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The 1860 split between the Mennonite Church and the Mennonite Brethren was probably the most divisive in the Russian Mennonite story. Each group had a different version of what happened. The Brethren viewed the established church as decadent, while it in turn saw the new movement as a threat to the prevailing order. It was not long before each group generated a stereotype of the other. Later compilations of relevant documents did little to alter the prevailing mindsets. In the early 1860s a...
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This book makes available a significant collection of previously untranslated and unpublished documents to the English reader. These writings reflect the growth and development of the Mennonite Brethren Church in Russia after the tumultuous period during which the church was founded. The period from 1872 to 1922 was a critical period during which the young movement had to take steps to define itself in a larger sense than had been possible in the midst of the intense conflicts of the first...
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Mar 31, 2015 Paul Toews, ed.
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The Mennonites, like many smaller immigrant religious groups, initially lived on the margins of North American society. The twentieth century brought them into the economic and cultural mainstream. That adaptation is the subject of the eleven essays and autobiographies of Bridging Troubled Waters. The essays are written by notable Mennonite scholars -- John H. Redekop, Ted Regehr, Katie Funk Wiebe, and others. The autobiographies by David Ewert, Waldo Hiebert, and J.B. Toews sparkle with...
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It is now [1990] one hundred and thirty years since the birth of the Mennonite Brethren Church and therefore time for someone in that church to take a backward glance to see how things have developed. Who better to do this John B. Toews. His life spans well over half of those years and he has experienced much of what he writes. "JB" as he is affectionately known by both students and colleagues is a patriarchal figure in the Mennonite Brethren Church. Born in Ukraine, the Russian...
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Mar 31, 2015 Aron A. Toews
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Nothing happens by chance in the lives of people who belong to the Lord. Everything occurs according to the unfathomable but wise decree of our God. Such is the case with the stories in this book. Mennonitische Märtyrer was an attempt to collect information about the fate of Mennonite ministers during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. This compilation resulted in a two-volume set including biographical sketches, poems, and narrative accounts. Mennonite Martyrs now provides English-speaking people...
Topics: Biography, Christian martyrs, History, Mennonites, Persecution
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Mar 30, 2015 Paul Toews, ed.
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In Mennonites and Baptists , distinguished scholars of both religious traditions offer essays that examine parts of the continuing conversation since the sixteenth century to the present between these heirs of the Radical Reformation. The essays roam from Europe to Russia to North America. In a world growing ever more religiously pluralistic these essays recognize those elements that permit groups to ally together with other kindred spirits seeking to build the "kingdom of God." The...
Topics: Mennonite, Baptist, History, Mennonite Brethren
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Mar 19, 2015 Jacob A. Loewen and Wesley J. Prieb
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Jacob A. Loewen, former Mennonite Brethren missionary in Columbia, professor at Tabor College 1958–1965, and later Bible translation consultant with the Unite Bible Societies in South America and Africa, and Wesley J. Prieb, lifelong professor of English at Tabor College, co-authored this volume as a very personal testimony to the Mennonite Brethren Church and as an appeal to the larger Anabaptist/Mennonite world. Only the Sword of the Spirit reconstructs the developments of Menno Simons's...
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Mar 11, 2015 Heinrich Woelk and Gerhard Woelk
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This book is intended to report in all humility about the hard battles and difficulties which this small flock encountered in Russia at at that time, and how the Lord preserved a remnant which is the church of today. Not the steadfastness s of the believers will be emphasized, but rather the miraculous ways of God, Who save His people in spite of their weakness and many faults. To Him be the honor! The authors of this book, the father, Heinrich, born in 1906, and the son, Gerhard, in...
Topics: History, Mennonite Brethren, Mennonite, Russia
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Mar 9, 2015 Heinrich Wölk und Gerhard Wölk
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Über die schweren Kämpfe und Bedrängnisse, denen diese "kleine Herde" in Rußland in den genannten Jahren ausgesetzt war, und wie der Herr einen "Überrest" hindurchgeführt hat, der heute als Gemeinde besteht, soll das vorliegende Buch in aller Bescheidenheit berichten. Es soll nicht so viel die Standhaftigkeit der Bekenner als die wunderbaren Wege Gottes hervorheben, der trotz der Schwachheit und der vielen Mängel Sein Volk erhalten hat. Ihm alle Ehre! Die Verfasser...
Topics: History, Mennonite Brethren Church, Mennonites